National Qualification in Exercise for Older Adults

Help older adults age with confidence!

This programme equips certified fitness trainers with the expertise and competencies to assist older adults in maintaining and enhancing functional fitness to promote successful ageing.

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About our Exercise for Older Adults Qualification Course

  • Worldwide
  • Online Learning
  • Evenings
  • 2 Evenings

The objective of this course is to provide certified fitness instructors with the knowledge and skills required to provide exercise for older adults and help them in maintaining and improving their functional fitness, thus enabling them to age successfully. Upon successful completion of the Exercise for Older Adults course, you will be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of the unique exercise requirements of the older adult population, enabling you to design customised exercise programmes that cater to their specific needs and limitations.

This Exercise for Older Adults course covers essential topics, such as accurate prescription of exercise programmes targeted towards older adults and incorporating modified programme design protocols suitable for this demographic. You will also learn to plan and design effective training programs for individuals with mixed fitness levels, taking into consideration their individual goals.

This course emphasises the importance of exercise programmes that can enhance the ability of older adults to perform activities of daily living efficiently. You will learn to explain the benefits of such exercise for older adults programmes and demonstrate how they can improve the overall health and well-being of older adults.

By completing this course, you will earn certification as a specialised expert in training older adults, enabling you to better serve this growing demographic and improve their quality of life. This qualification is a valuable asset that will equip you to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults, enabling them to maintain their independence and achieve a high level of physical fitness.

What our gradutes say!

Some unsolicited testimonials from our graduates from over the years.
" Your professionalism and knowledge ... shines through at all times "

A very big thank you for a wonderful course. You are all very special people in different ways. Your professionalism and knowledge delivered with love fun and passion shines through at all times. I will miss you all very much. Be that body !!

Karen Reynolds
Personal Training Graduate
" The tutors are very knowledgeable, warm and welcoming "

The NTC is an excellent facility. The tutors are very knowledgeable, warm and welcoming and I always enjoy coming back here.

Orla Flynn
Personal Training Graduate
" I really am blown away by the standard of teaching on this course "

I really am blown away by the standard of teaching on this course, it is amazing… so organised.. so down to earth… so enthusiastic it is infectious. I am so lucky and so glad to be in a position to experience this. I just wanted to say and share… FANTASTIC! Thank you so much, Richelle

Richelle Daly
Personal Training Graduate
" We really had a great group and we’re all keeping in touch "

I really enjoyed my time at the NTC – we really had a great group and we’re all keeping in touch.

Toni Anderson
Personal Training Graduate
" Thanks to the motivational teachers for their enthusiasm and support "

I really did enjoy it … thanks to the motivational teachers for their enthusiasm and support … also Karen and Greg in admin … always very helpful and obliging.

Brian McConville
Personal Training Graduate
" The best learning experience I have come across "

Thanks very much to all the tutors at NTC for all your help. You all made this course very enjoyable and I’m sure the whole group had as much fun as I did. This course was the best learning experience I have come across and I thank you for that.

Iva Ramini
Personal Training Graduate
" I really found the course to be a very high standard "

Just to say thanks a lot for your excellent classes in both ETM and in particular Sports Nutrition. I really found the course to be a very high standard and the level of tuition very impressive.

John O’Carroll
Personal Training Graduate
" I learned a lot in the last few months "

Thanks for everything. I feel like I learned a lot in the last few months and would like to thank the tutors for their patience. I will be back to do extra courses soon.

Natasha Duff
Personal Training Graduate


This course is eligible for discount through the LHF Skillnet for members of REPs Ireland and Ireland Active.

Schedule and Locations

Good Availability
Live Online
Recording Available After
2 Evenings
November 3, 2023
Good Availability
Live Online
Recording Available After
2 Evenings
April 5, 2024
Good Availability
Live Online
Recording Available After
2 Evenings
September 20, 2024

Full details for the National Qualification in Exercise for Older Adults Course

Get all the information about our Exercise for Older Adults Course. (Remember there's even more info in the FAQ section below).

Syllabus

The Exercise for Older Adults course comprehensively covers all relevant areas, including:

  • The benefits of exercise for the older adult
  • Exploring the objectives of older adults
  • Understanding the key physiological considerations in developing a comprehensive exercise programme for older adults
  • Understanding various acute and chronic adaptations in relation to exercise and the older adult
  • Developing screening and evaluation methods
  • Being familiar with current research on exercise and the older adult
  • Appreciating the need for appropriate exercise prescription for the older adult
  • Developing optimal training methods
  • Exploring the nutritional needs of the older adult

By the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the unique exercise requirements of the older adult population, enabling you to develop tailored exercise programmes that cater to their specific needs and limitations. You will also learn to incorporate nutritional considerations into your programs, allowing you to maximise the benefits of exercise for your clients.

This qualification is essential for certified fitness trainers who wish to specialise in training older adults. With this knowledge, you will be able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults, empowering them to maintain their independence and achieve a high level of physical fitness.

Eligibility

Welcome to our continuing professional development course for health fitness professionals! We’re excited to have you here.

Before we get started, we want to make sure that your primary fitness instructor qualification meets the eligibility requirements approved by REPS Ireland. We kindly ask that you double-check if your qualification is eligible for this course. If you’re unsure, don’t worry! Just send a scanned copy of your primary fitness qualification to [email protected] before the course start date, and we’ll confirm whether you’re good to go.

We also want to remind you that your professional indemnity insurance cover is only valid if you hold a valid, industry recognised primary qualification at minimum EQF Level 3 in fitness instruction. This is to ensure that you’re fully covered and protected as you continue your professional development journey.

If you submit a certificate to NTC that is not approved by REPs Ireland, you will receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance as proof of your course participation.

Thank you for your attention, and we can’t wait to see you in class!

Meet The Tutors

Only fully qualified tutors deliver the National Qualification in Exercise for the Older Adult, with each tutor having recognised industry and educational experience in their individual fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

The National Training Centre have been delivering respected educational programmes since 1985 and during that time we have had many questions asked by potential students before registration. Here you can find the answers to the questions we receive most often.

This course is delivered online and is available to you no matter where you’re located.

This course is a continuing professional development course for qualified health fitness professionals and it is the responsibility of each individual applying for the course to check whether their primary fitness instructor qualification meets the eligibility requirements and is approved by REPS Ireland.

A copy of your primary fitness qualification must be scanned and emailed to [email protected] prior to the course starting date.

If you submit a certificate to NTC that is not approved by REPs Ireland, you will receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance as proof of your course participation.

Professional Indemnity Insurance cover is only valid if you hold a valid, industry recognised primary qualification at minimum EQF Level 3 in fitness instruction.

Fitness ACP courses are generally delivered over a single day, 2 mornings, 2 evenings or weekends. Our planning is based on the numbers registered and the decision to proceed with a course is based on the registered number of participants.

If you can’t make it for the time you have booked you will forfeit any fees paid. It may be possible, although not guaranteed, to reschedule your participation for a later date.

If there is a medical reason for non-participation we will, subject to receipt of valid medical certification, reschedule your participation to a later date.

For more information or clarification please call us on 01 882 7777 or by email to [email protected]

In the unlikely event that a course does not proceed you will be offered whichever of the following suits you best:

  • Reschedule to a different date
  • Reschedule to an alternative location (where applicable)
  • A full refund of all fees paid

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